The Eastern Washington Dirt Riders Association put on their annual Spring Hare Scramble this past weekend at Horn Rapids Motorsports Complex in Richland, Washington. The race, which has been going on for almost 30 years, is a NW classic for bikes and quads.
Temperatures were in the high 30s and low 40s for most of the day making racers a little chilly for the start. Racers line up their quads, they stand about 30 feet behind them. When the start signal goes off, racers must run to their quads, start them, and take off down the drag strip. This creates a slight advantage for electric start quads. This year’s course utilized most of Horn Rapid’s MX track and much of the complex’s off road trails as well. Racers can opt for 2 or 4 laps of approximately 11 miles.
The Pro/Expert line saw Rich Moore with a huge start in front of the rest of the line. Rich would push hard and extend that lead for the next 3 laps to take the win. Rich raced a dirt bike earlier in the day, but it’s obvious his fitness is top notch. He rallied all four laps without a challenge from another rider.
Alex Mininger would get a mid-pack start but make his way into second place where he ran consistent laps for 2nd place in the Pro class.
Pit Traffic rider Brandon Brown had his work cut out for him off the start. Getting through the first turn 3rd to last and not expecting so much of the MX track to be used, Brandon had to push a little harder in the off-road. By lap two he was in 3rd place where he finished the for the day in the Pro class. Brandon said after the race, “I can’t complain about today. I haven’t raced in over a year and just got back on a bike two weeks ago. This bike is not set up for motocross at all but, it works phenomenally in the rough stuff and I’m very happy about that.”
In the Expert class Doug Falstad would cinch the win, while Jacey Moore would take the women’s win and Natalie Craudell would take the youth win.
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